European Professional Doctorate (EPD)

Careers & Outcomes

Program Intakes

2 Per Year

Credits Equivalent


Total Program Fee

9000 EUR



Program Overview


The European Professional Doctorate (EPD-EU) is a uniquely tailored practice-based program for owners, entrepreneurs, and top-level senior managers positioned at a CEO and Director levels working within a Global Business Environmental Context. This qualification functions academically equivalent level to a traditional Ph.D. in the business landscape. EPD-EU is our trademark in-house developed Flagship Concept of Recognizing the achievement of Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, Industrialists, Academicians, Philanthropists & Senior Level Management Executives around the Globe and Conferring them with appropriate and accredited Professional Qualifications. This is a doctoral-level degree for experienced professionals who want to translate their industry expertise into a higher position of credibility, leadership, and influence in their profession. The nominated EPD-EU candidates usually take an existing concept or problem in their industry, conduct the research and recommend proposals or solutions. This can have a significant social and economic impact.


Those doing a professional doctorate are encouraged to look at their own practice and context and to draw their research question from it. They are expected to articulate and critically interrogate their own professional knowledge. This is not the sole source of knowledge they work with of course, as they also draw on relevant scholarly literature. The research that is done in a professional doctorate is intended to be relevant and of interest and use to other professionals and therefore to advance professional practice and its knowledge base. Through bringing professional problems, knowledge and insider informed research into conversation with scholarly knowledge a contribution to scholarly knowledge is also made.

The European Professional Doctorate is designed to recognize the achievements in one’s professional journey, an extraordinary contribution to society, or exceptional intellectual or artistic achievement. The recipients are carefully selected by the Board of the Rushford Business School Switzerland after a very diligent examination of the grounds for their nominations and submission of their doctoral portfolio works. The ability to present doctoral work in a portfolio as opposed to a dissertation presents an opportunity for professional doctorate candidates to step outside the boundaries presented by the traditional research writing framework.



Program intakes

2 Per Year

Credit Equivalent (ECTS)


Max. Number of Transfer Credits:


Courses Overview

The Rushford EPD is an exhaustive doctoral-level experience that takes candidates through an exciting journey of self-reflection and learning. The program is designed to allow candidates to bring all their prior experience, knowledge, and skills and consolidate it with an applied learning approach that enables them to develop a doctoral portfolio. The following courses/modules will need to be completed by candidates:


DPROF 300 Personal and Professional Review

To develop an in-depth view of the trajectory of a career, capacity, and preferences for learning as well as gaining deeper insights in own beliefs, actions, and preferences.

DPROF 301 Designing Practitioner Research

Introduces a comprehensive range of methods for an effective workplace investigation.

DPROF 302 Negotiated Experiential Learning

Enable to carry out a workplace project using a recognized method.

DPROF 303 Practitioner Enquiry at Doctoral Level

Enables to formulate a detailed proposal for a Doctoral research project(s) by engaging with research methods at a deeper level.

DPROF 304 Minor and Major Practitioner Research Project

Discrete research projects that will be a substantial and original contribution to organizational and professional knowledge.

Careers & Outcomes

Maximum Awards




Rushford maintains very high standards for students who enter our academic programs. For the EPD-EU program, the following criteria need to be met before admission is offered to a prospective candidate.


Entry Requirements/Admissions Criteria


  • Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) for direct entry.
  • Relevant Masters or Bachelors Qualification.
  • An entrepreneur who has a well-established setup over a min period of 5 years
  • A philanthropist who has made tangible contributions to society
  • Has held a senior role for one or more reputed organizations for at least 15 years
  • Four Referee letters from employers, shareholders, board members, or any other relevant stakeholders from current and/or previous organizations of involvement
  • EduQua Certified Swiss Institution

    Rushford Business School is certified by EduQua, a Swiss quality label for further education institutions. EduQua is an accreditation body recognized and supported by the Swiss Confederate Government. EduQua is the first quality certification for public and private educational institutions in Switzerland and is recognized, supported, and endorsed by the following organizations: • Swiss Federal Government • Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK) • State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) • Swiss Conference for Professional Training department (SBBK) • Swiss Association of Employment Departments (VSAA) • Swiss Federation for Adult Learning (SVEB)


    Rushford Business School is a member of the “Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) ACBSP is a global accrediting body which accredits business programs at the associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degree levels worldwide since 1988. Rushford Business School is part of a membership that extends to more than 60 countries. ACBSP members are amongst the best educators in their respective fields, interested in learning innovative teaching methods, improving the delivery of business education programs, and creative value for their students.


    Rushford Business School is a member of the “International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE)” The IACBE accredits business programs that lead to degrees at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels in institutions of higher education worldwide. All modes of delivery, campuses, locations, and instructional sites, as well as all business programs regardless of degree level, will normally be included in the IACBE accreditation review.


    Rushford Business School is a proud supporter and Signatory of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (UN PRME). PRME is an initiative of the United Nations Global Compact founded in 2007 as a platform to encourage and increase awareness and integration of sustainability in business schools around the world. Today, PRME is the largest coordinated effort between the world’s business schools and the United Nations. Rushford Business School became a PRME signatory in 2020. As a school, we understand the privilege and responsibility of providing quality education that gives learners the knowledge and tools they need to succeed, change lives, and transform societies.

  • Swiss Higher Educational Institution

    Rushford Business School is an approved post-secondary higher educational Institution with the authority to award private degrees in Switzerland. The institute is registered in the Canton of Zug, Switzerland under the UID CH-

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The Rushford EPD Difference?

When you choose our European Professional Doctorate (EPD), program, you can:
Establish Credibility

Completing your EPD from Rushford gives you the confidence and credibility to have completed a program from a top-class European Business School

Establish Superior Networks

The EPD program offers  candidates an excellent opportunity to network with leaders and experts from across the world

Stay Current and Relevant

We ensure that our academic programs stay current with the latest topics of relevance and importance

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